Series #16: The Holy Spirit
PENTECOSTAL LIFE - LESSON #12
Again in Samaria, the people were saved and baptized in water, yet the Holy Spirit had fallen on none of them. In Acts 19:2, Paul asked a group of believers, "Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?" The gift of the Holy Ghost was so real, believers were expected to know whether they had received it or not. Pentecost is an experience. It is NOT somebody teaching you how to say a few words that they call a prayer language. It is a definite experience of God the Holy Ghost coming into you, and you into Him.
When you were born again, the Holy Spirit baptized you into Christ. But when you were filled with the Holy Spirit, Christ baptized you in the Holy Ghost. The latter is as definite as the former.
Ye shall know...ask... and do. The promise of our Lord concerning the Holy Ghost gathers around the centers of knowledge, prayer and service. First, He said, "Ye shall know" - that's knowledge. Second, "Ye shall ask" - that's prayer. Third, "Ye shall do" - that's work. Knowledge, prayer and service. Pentecost brings certainty in knowledge, assurance in prayer, and power in service. Begin your day with God. Seek Him early. Make the first part of your day an altar. There determine the will and course of God for that day. By the Holy Spirit, you can know, you can pray, and you can do.
The fullness of the Holy Ghost brings the certainty of revelation to the heart. The men of Pentecost knew the things of God. No theological instruction could have given Peter the doctrine he preached concerning Christ's life, death and resurrection. "At that day ye shall know..." (John 14:20), said Jesus, and when that day came, they knew. They knew the essential relationship between Christ and God. They knew the mysterious union between Christ and the believer. They knew that Christ was in the believer as the Son was in the Father. The Spirit filled believers know. All questions are answered in the Holy Ghost. He is the mind of God. Being led of the Spirit is simply knowing the mind of God, knowing the thoughts of God.
The Pentecostal blessings makes the believer mighty in prayer. "In that day ye shall ask me nothing...(What day? The day the Holy Ghost comes)....Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My Name, He will give it to you" (John 16:23) Prayer is an impossible task without the Holy Ghost. We do not know what to pray for. "...but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered." (Romans 8:26) Only the Spirit filled knows that kind of praying. This is the kind of praying that wrought miracles in the book of Acts, pleads the Name, enthrones the Name, claims the Name. It prays in His Will, presents His Promise, and decrees His Power.
PHEW WAT A COMMOTION ! one has to have to tools to do the job even today, yes maybe there was a bit of fire at first but in reality the Holy Spirit lives and moves within us to do and will His good pleasure and to speak to the churches if they are inclined to sit up an take note, ie to meet in each others houses and to eat together sounds great to me but one look at me and regardless of the Holy Spirit within Im booted out the door ! poor pussycat !